I have been asked to do a January series of talks at Kit & Ace in Monmouth Street in Covent Garden based on my personal experiences (which felt somewhat daunting). So rather than make them about me, I am using my experiences as a springboard to widen the conversations to cover issues that we all may face at some time in our lives. Men and women - but particularly women.
The series is called 'Owning You' as it is an area that I certainly have struggled with at times.
As a woman it seems to be so easy to get labelled as someone’s wife, partner, mother, all of which puts you into a box that is often of society’s making, not yours. So how do we break out of this, whilst still fulfilling the roles our children need of us. How do we stay true to the people we are and not get subsumed into others’ expectations?
Owning You : Your Story - How Not To Get Lost : 11.1.17 6pm
One day my teenage children mentioned the stories they'd heard from older family members about how my independent, wild-living youth seemed totally at odds with the person they knew as their mother… Until now.
The first Conversation looks at how our own lives and personalities manage to get so 'lost' in the roles we have to fulfil, what we can we do to retain them, reclaim them and really own them. Come and join the conversation as we explore this conundrum.
Owning You : Design Your Future : 18.1.17 6pm
At one point in my life, I felt I had lost everything meaningful to me. I was at a total standstill. Empty. So I sat down to write a design brief for my life. I asked a friend to design stationery for the person I wanted to be….
What would you put in the brief for your life ahead? The second Conversation is around tools for getting ourselves out of those life hols with which we are all occasionally familiar. Come and join the conversation - let’s draw it up together.
Owning You : How to Age Bravely - Smashing Expectations and Stereotypes
I was in New York with a houseful of energetic, entrepreneurial women, all of them years younger. We were having a blast. During a catch-up phone conversation once back in the UK, the fellow organiser of the trip confessed that, in living in close quarters with me for a week, she had reappraised her attitude towards growing older. She realised you have to seize the day. It’s about outlook, not age. You have to own it.
Challenging stereotypes of ageing and what’s expected of you takes courage. How do you want to be known as you age? What brave steps do you intend to take? Are you fearful or excited? Come and join the third Conversation - how do you intend to own your years?